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Lyoto Machida won the "Most Impressve Man" contest at UFC on Fox 4 and supposedly now will get a rematch with Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title. Jones choked Machida unconscious back in December and Jon has no interest in doing the fight again.
"I don't want to fight Lyoto Machida," Jones said. "He was my lowest pay-per-view draw of last year.
"No one wants to see me fight Lyoto Machida. I don't want to fight Lyoto again. Lyoto is high risk and low reward.
"He's a tough fighter, but no one wants to buy that fight.
"Between (Mauricio) Shogun (Rua), (Quinton) Rampage (Jackson) and Rashad (Evans), Lyoto was my lowest draw. Why would I want to fight someone where it's a lose-lose situation? "I won't make money on it. And he's a tricky fighter."
Jones, of course, has a point.
There's no mystery remaining from the first fight. He proved his dominance over Machida in the first fight and it was so recent that it's not going to be an easy fight to sell by any means.
Yeah, the first round was competitive and Machida probably deserved a 10-9. Who cares? Jones figured him out, made small adjustments, split his head open and then left him unconscious on the ground.
This is a case where Jones saying he doesn't want a fight and talking about making money doesn't bother me at all. This is the opposite of the Anderson Silva talk where he didn't want the fight because he and Anderson have to protect their legacies or whatever. This is a young guy saying "Why fight a guy I dominated recently when it won't make me any money?"
It is a lose-lose situation and I'd tell the UFC to figure something else out as well. A fight that the champion wins in dominant fashion should not have a rematch just one fight removed from the first meeting.